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  1. Thanks to all for your advice and recommendations.
  2. I'm looking for a good quality but not too pricey A/D converter to transfer my favorite lp's to high qulaity digital flac or aif files. I recently tried the inexpensive Behringer UFO202 with free open recording software Audacity, but was not at all satisfied with the 24/96 results. I'm not sure if the shortcomings are due to the Audacity or the a/d converter inside the Behringer. One mistake I probably made was using the Behringer phonostage rather than the output from my much better Vincent PHO-8 phonostage. Any recommendations on A/D converters or recording software would be greatly appreciated. I've looked into DAW Digital Audio Workstations, but they seem to be overloaded with functions and features I don't need.
  3. The USB Regen provided a marvelous improvement to my Oppo Sonica dac. Then the ISO Regen and LPS-1 increased the sonic benefits by the same degree over the USB Regen. Since then, I was able to move into a PS Audio DirectStream. To my ears, I was no longer able to hear the easily noticeable improvements from the ISO Regen and LPS-1. But knowing how effective Uptone's products have been in the past, and how terrific Uptone treats its customers, I will not hesitate to give the new Ether a try.
  4. Very excited to learn how it does... Can you describe how it would benefit a PS Audio Direct Stream Dac streaming music via its ethernet port? I'd be surprised but thrilled to find it's possible to hear sonic benefits from this device.
  5. I did some additional testing after reviewing your helpful reply. Your comments reinforced my thinking that I might not have set JRiver correctly, so I went back into JRiver DLNA server settings. Changing the output mode from “Original” to “Specified output format only when necessary”, which allowed me to access the DSP studio and set the DSP output settings to match what I had for the USB input. And Eureka! both USB and Bridge II sound so much alike that I can’t hear a difference, and the both sound fantastic! SPL output levels for both were also now equal. Now it looks like I may not need my ISO Regen and LPS-1. Anyone interested? But maybe I should wait for Uptone's new EtherRegen. Thanks for the help!
  6. I am surprised that I am getting decidedly better sound quality from the USB input on my DS dac. I have hundreds of hour of burn-in with music and burn-in tones from Track 8 of the Chesky Test and Burn-in CD using both the USB and Bridge inputs. I am using Uptone Audio’s USB ISO Regen and Ultracap LPS-1 galvanic isolation power supply, which has greatly improved the performance of USB. At worst I would have expected the Bridge II to sound equally good, but it is clearly not to my ears. Less bass, thinner, harsher high frequencies. The Bridge II volume setting needs to be lowered to 94 to equal to spl of the USB input. I am running JRiver MC 24, so all variables may not be the same because JRiver requires use of DLNA to play to the Bridge II, while the USB connection is direct. Is anyone else getting the same results, or the opposite?
  7. Thank you for your response Alex, but I'm still unsure of my path going forward. I've been reading all the positive comments about the LPS-1.2 and the improvements it provides over the LPS-1, and I was ready to place my order for an LPS 1.2, but then you muddied the waters for me with the your EtherREGEN announcement. You seem to indicate that it is not possible to predict whether the EtherREGEN will provide better sound quality in my situation. I don't plan on using Roon or other streaming service, and all my music is sourced from an external hd on my laptop running JRiver, and feeding my DirecStream Jr from an ISO REGEN with LPS-1 I think the music sounds exceptionally good this way. Alex or John, could you make a general recommendation for those of us using USB with the ISO Regen and LPS-1. Should we upgrade to the LPS-1.2 or supercede it with an EtherREGEN if our dacs have both capabilities? Of course that puts you in the position of discouraging the sale of one Uptone product in favor of another. Sorry for that.
  8. Yes, the PS Audio DirectStream Jr has an ethenet/LAN input to its built-in network bridge. The network bridge also has an hdmi input for i2s, which supposedly is superior because it separates the clock from the audio signal. I don't no why, but PS recommends against using wireless ethernet. I'm dubious that sound quality using ethernet to the bridge would improve what I'm already getting from USB with the IR and LPS-1 (or LPS-1.2). If ethernet to a bridge is the superior approach, then I'm hesitant to get the LPS 1.2.
  9. Thank you K and John and tboooe for the help. I'm glad to know a pathway exists to use the future switch. It just occurred to me: Would the ethernet switch supercede the use of a usb for input into the dac? If so, would my IR and LPS-1 then be obsolete to me?
  10. I hope discussion of this topic hasn't stopped yet, because I have a question that may not have been covered. Is this upcoming switch going to be wireless? Is this a dumb rookie question? I'm asking because my audio system is not on the same floor as my modem and router. My PS Audio DSJ has a network bridge that has ethernet and i2s input. The only way to use ethernet would be from a wireless bridge. Would I need to have my cable company run a second cable to my audio room?
  11. Thank you, TAPATRICK, for your feedback. It's re-assuring to know that others share the same or similar impressions. I've only had the DSJ for 2 weeks, and it seems to still be breaking in and getting better, and it does have the latest firmware, which is another reason I am very pleased to own the DSJ with upgradeable FPGA vs pre-programmed DAC chips - good as they may be. I had strongly considered getting the Yggdrasil, but based on others telling me they prefer the DirectStream or DirectStream Junior, I made the plunge for DSJ, although they don't compare price-wise. I am thinking the DSJ is so satisfying because it converts everything do 1 bid dsd? I might be posting the wrong subject matter here. Sorry. If Superdad is watching (like Santa), I wonder if he has any opinion of i2s vs USB using the ISO-Regen.
  12. I'd like to comment on my impressions of my recently purchased PS Audio DirectStream Junior dac with ISO Regen and LPS-1 followed by some questions for others who are currently using the DirectStream Junior (DSJ). First off, I cannot believe how amazingly good this combination of devices sounds. I thought my system was already sounding great with my existing dac with the IR and LPS-1, but the transformation was...transformational. While my OPPO Sonica dac represented a significant step up in sound quality for me, I was still aware of a slightly digital signature on my music, which for me was manifested in a kind of low grade aural irritation resulting in listener fatigue over time. This irritation has always overlaid and degraded my enjoyment of music for as long as I've been listening to cd's and now, streaming digital files, In recent years i've discovered new equipment that brought about wonderful improvements to my digital playback. The DSJ seems to have finally rid my music of any digital signature, and I am now able to completely relax and enjoy my music. I still consider myself a newbie when it comes to computer audio, but this website has been a tremendous aid in helping me learn and discover how great computer audio can sound. So now I have some questions for anyone familiar with the DirectSound Network Bridge II. The advisors on PS Audio suggest that the Network Bridge is the best way to source music from an NAS to the DSJ Bridge because the Bridge employs i2s, whcih separates the clock from the signal path. This method seems to obviate the need for the IR and LPS-1 because a usb cable isn't involved. Am I off the mark here? I find it hard to believe that I'm losing anything in sound quality by running my usb cable into my IR/LPS-1/USPCB. Does anyone have experience using both types of input with the DSJ?
  13. Sorry to hear about Charles. I did not know about his accident or his condition. Thank you for sharing.
  14. Purchased new in April, 2016 Remainder of transferable 3 year warranty Includes box, instructions, and all accessories Free shipping within Continental US.
  15. Purchased new in 4/16. Includes box and all accessories. Selling after purchasing ISO Regen and LPS-1 PS. $100
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